Chris McCully's Selected Poems includes work from 1993 to 2009, a representative selection which reveals his engagement with the precise crafts of language and poetic form. The book opens with the prose-poem 'Dust' from his 2009 collection Polder, a meditation on extinction: 'dust again the voices of the pages and the voices of the lovers'. Other voices follow, conversations in which civility, memories of friendship, art and literature respond to the desolation of dust, asserting what imagination can create from it. In translations from Old English, sonnets, villanelles and ballads, McCully's supple, sparing verse celebrates the fragile place in which we live, 'between space and space - / and both are dark'.
CHRIS McCULLY was born in Bradford and now lives and works in the Netherlands, where he writes poems, textbooks and works on fly-fishing and gives freelance courses on aspects of using the English language. For many years he was a full-time academic in the UK, and he remains chairman and co-director of the Modern Literary Archives programme at the John Rylands University Library in Manchester. Chris McCully travels widely, making up to a dozen overseas trips a year in order to write features for the fly-fishing press in the UK and Netherlands.